From the inherent green value of doing it yourself to an insistence that beauty and sustainability must go hand-in-hand, you'll find no arguments among TreeHuggers that the world would be a better place if we learned to make more things, make them well, and perhaps if we learned to love our stuff too. So we're really excited about a new film project that celebrates the art of craft, of making things, and of the artisan revival that seems to be happening world-wide
And the best part? It's really, really beautiful filming too.
This is the first in a whole sries of short films celebrating artisans of all stripes. Visiting Brad Estabrooke of the Breuckelen Distilling Company, the first gin distiller in Brooklyn since prohibition, we see just what it takes to start an enterprise like this from scratch when nothing else like it exists. And sure, while business skills and resources certainly come into it, the biggest part for me is guts, determination and a vision of creating something beautiful.
This looks like it should be the first of many great films from Made by Hand, a whole series dedicated to the art of the artisan:
Made by Hand was created out of the belief that the things we collect, consume, use, and share are part of who we are as individuals.
Each film aims to promote that which is made locally, sustainably, and with a love for craft. Based in Brooklyn, the project takes its influence from the handmade movement here and elsewhere. We hope you find the spirit of it inspiring.
Stay tuned for more.
More on the Value of DIY, Craft and Beauty
What's So Green About Doing It Yourself?
Why Beauty and Sustainability Must Go Hand-in-Hand
Material Possessions Are Not Evil: Learn to Love Your Stuff